Are We Losing Our Compassion? - Singer Kate Burke
Australia’s current refugee policies have been condemned by many as self centred and even cruel, undermining our
international reputation as a staunch defender of human rights. Are we better than this?
Activists in the Bega Valley community discuss alternative responses and more generous spirited and compassionate solutions.
from Amnesty International, Australia will explore the complex issues with
(Rural Australians for Refugees),
(Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children),
(Pastor, Eden Uniting Church – Host of Asylum
(Social Justice Advocates,Merimbula).
Active Citizens Rule... OK! - Singer Damon Davies
In this age of constant online engagement, we seem to living in a world in which citizenship is reduced to shopping and social
media and activism to a virtual signature on an online petition. Can we revitalise democratically engaged and effective citizenship?
Can we improve the leadership capacity and accountability of our decision makers?
(Activist, Writer), will explore these issues with
(Family Counsellor, Candidate for the Bega Local Government),
(“Playing for Change” developing and promoting local music culture by encouraging musicians to take their music into the
streets and their community settings),
(Activist, Environmentalist, Coordinator, Boomerangbags Project, aiming to reduce
plastic pollution in the Bega Valley).
Feminism – Postcards from the Edge – Singer Arati George
Social media has exposed a deep and concerning undercurrent of prejudice, resentment and anger towards outspoken women. Some
aspects of the current model of masculinity are also damaging for men. We still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality.
(Educator) will explore the current state of the project with
(Gender Activist and Organiser of the “Walk
A Mile in Her Shoes Rally” as part of the White Ribbon Campaign),
(Manager, Staying Home, Leaving Violence Program),
n (Feminist, Greens Candidate),
(Women in Music..Helping women find their voice),
of the South Coast Hub of1Millionwomen.com.au,
a national movement of women taking action on Climate Change, Clean Energy for
Eternity and the “Boomerangbags” project, aiming to reduce plastic pollution).
Ancient Culture – New Stories – Singers Noel Whittem
The Aboriginal story is an integral part of the Australian identity and our reconciliation is a work in progress. This year Gulaga and
Biamanga (Mumbulla) National Parks celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Handback to Traditional Owners
, a Garrn-munji Yuin Elder will introduce current projects in the Bega Valley.
, (Chairs of Gulaga and Biamanga Boards of Management), will discuss progress and future plans for the parks.
, (Manager of the Bundian Way Project
, will introduce this ancient walking trail from Mt Kosciusko to the sea at Eden,
discussing its potential to revitalise efforts towards Reconciliation and a fairer, more harmonious Australia.
, (Writer, Activist, Environmentalist), is part of a group of Aboriginal men and women developing the
Sow the Seed
Brogo providing employment for young Aboriginal people.
Who are the Real Fresh Food People - Supermarkets or Local Growers ?
As individuals communities shift from purchasing food from multinational supermarkets to buying locally grown produce through
farmers’ markets, what are the benefits for local economies? What are the constraints and how do we resolve them? Join a grower, a chef
and a health practitioner, in a World Cafe brainstorm to explore the options for the local food economy.
in a hands on workshop with
(Permaculture Legend, SCPA President, Certified Organic Orchardist),
(Yoga Instructor, new enterprise opportunities visionary, community bridger),
(Chef, Local Food Activist,
The Festival’s Forum program is an opportunity meet and listen to local activists and thinkers in our community
as they discuss and share their ideas and visions for a better world.
What Happened at the Paris Climate Conference and What Does it Mean for You - Singer Mike Martin
We are undergoing a transformational change in the way we generate our energy and the recent Paris Conference produced
a new global agreement on fossil fuel emissions that Australia is committed to meet. How can community scale renewable energy projects
be encouraged and what will be the mix of wind, solar, wave, and geothermal sources? How far away is the transformational battery
discusses these issues with
(Paris and Copenhagen Conference Delegate, Clean Energy for Eternity, SA
e (Greens Member, NSW Legislative Council),
Nick Graham Higgs
(Solar and Wind Consultant),
(Australian Youth Climate Coalition).